How Many People in Oswego Have Been Caught Talking and Driving?

The cell phone ban while driving went into effect on Jan. 1.

Patch file photo. Photo credit: Joel Sartore/Getty.
Patch file photo. Photo credit: Joel Sartore/Getty.

“On the road, off the phone.”

That’s what signage is flashing on expressways all across Illinois to remind drivers to get off their cell phone (unless they're using a hands-free device).

The cell phone ban law went into effect on Jan. 1 and prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while driving. Previously, drivers were only not able to talk on their phones while in school or construction zones.

Fines start at $75 for the first offense and increase up to $150 for repeat offenders.

In Oswego, Captain Jeff Burgner said Police have thus far found six people violating the law.

"We generally issue warnings for the first month when a new law passes on minor traffic offenses unless there are extenuating circumstances that would have a need for a ticket to be issued," said Burgner.

In all six cases, the drivers received warnings from the Oswego Police Department.

How has the cell phone ban affected you? Have you invested in a hands-free device?

Roy Rumaner January 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Too bad the police were not on Rt 34 between Rt 30 and Eola today. I counted no less than five people driving with their phone in their hand and one girl texting while driving 20 MPH in the left lane forcing everyone to pass her on the right. This was at 12:30 PM.
TLC Carpet Floors and More, Inc. January 16, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Now if we can just get a law passed for putting on make up, playing with the radio, reading the newspaper, letting Fido sit on the dash or in the drivers lap, or people sitting in the back of a pickup. Maybe we could even not issue drivers license to any kid that owns a cell phone, that might cure 50% of the problem.
David Krzyzak Sr. January 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Most people I've seen texting, playing candy crush or just searching while driving has been over the age of 25.
Roy Rumaner January 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM
A few years ago I was driving to work on I-88 and near Midwest Road we were doing about 40MPH in rush hour traffic. I was in the left lane and as I was passing a car, I happened to look over at it and saw the most incredible thing I have ever seen to this day. The guy was playing a trumpet, with both hands, while driving in rush hour traffic on I-88. If holding a phone is a distraction to your driving, what is playing a trumpet?
Ian Webster January 16, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Roy, he was OBVIOUSLY honking his horn at someone!
Marlene Wyld January 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM
If the police could ticket every driver who is using a cell phone either for talking or texting the revenue would pay all the bills for the town for years to come. You see it every day, on any road and in any town. Some people seem to be oblivious to the law or have a death wish.
mom of teens January 19, 2014 at 03:25 PM
While driving home from the mall a few weeks ago...in the middle of the big snow storm, my daughter saw a MOM in a minivan holding her phone on the steering wheel playing solitaire!! I seriously think adults are worse about texting & playing games on their phones while driving than teenagers!! I have a few good friends who think they can text while driving because they are good drivers...smh!! And I agree about the make up & pets on laps.
HeatherM January 19, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Only six? How only six? I have witnessed more than that myself, and I am not even trying to spot offenders.
JPits January 19, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Bad law... Cannot legislate common sense.
Roy Rumaner January 19, 2014 at 03:50 PM
I am a good driver, been driving since 1976 and have never been in an accident other than being hit by others and I know I cannot text and drive. I find it hard to talk on a hands free device and drive too. Too bad others just don't realize the same thing.
Brian Wester January 19, 2014 at 04:02 PM
It makes sense they've only "caught" six people. Police have far more dangerous and urgent matters to pay attention to than people using their phone. I would guess most officers see dozens of phones every shift, but they have their priorities straight and are doing more important things to keep us safe. Our police officers have way too much training to be wasted on cell phone patrol. I don't want all the cops tied up writing these tickets when something serious goes down.


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